Talk Shop With Cops At August 11th Precinct Picnics

Dancers at the 2011 South Precinct Picnic.

Summer’s finally here, which means you’ll soon have the chance to hobnob with Seattle police officers without having to call 911 first.

On August 11th, each of the department’s five precincts will host Picnic at the Precinct events, so you and your family can chow down on free food and ice cream while talking to Community Police Team Officers and Crime Prevention Coordinators about crime in your neighborhood.

In addition to talking shop with your neighborhood cops, you can watch local bands and performers, play around in a bouncy house, participate in a raffle for items donated by local businesses, meet the four-legged officers from the K-9 and mounted units, tour the precincts, and check out the cool gadgets used by special units like SWAT.

“The picnics are a good opportunity for people to get to meet the officers working in their community,” says East Precinct A/Sergeant Chris Kelley, who works in the Community Police Team, “It humanizes us and it is nice to interact with the community on a personal level, not solely as law enforcement.”

The Precinct Picnics are free to the community and sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation.

This year, all the picnics are happening on the same day, Saturday August 11, 2012 from 1-4 pm.

Check out this map to find your neighborhood’s precinct/picnic location. See you on August 11th!